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Evaluation Of The Chemical Composition Of <i>Dacryodes edulis</i> And <i>Raphia hookeri</i> Mann And Wendl Exudates Used In Herbal Medicine In South Eastern Nigeria

DE Okwu
FU Nnamdi


The phytochemical contents and medicinal values of Dacryodes edulis and Raphia hookeri exudates were investigated. Phytochemical screening of the plant showed that they contain the presence of bioactive compounds comprising saponins (2.08-3.98mg 100g-1), alkaloids (0.28-0.49 mg 100g-1), tannins (0.47-0.72 mg 100g-1),
flavonoids (0.26-0.39 mg 100g-1), and phenolic compounds (0.01-0.05 mg 100g-1). The carbohydrates, lipids and protein content were 77.42-78.90%, 2.02-4.185% and 16.63-18.38% respectively. The exudates are a good source of water soluble vitamins; ascorbic acid (7.04-26.40 mg 100g-1), niacin (3.12-4.00 mg 100g-1), riboflavin (0.14-0.54 mg 100g-1) and thiamine (0.15-0.22 mg 100g-1),). Both plants exudates are good sources of minerals such as Ca, Mg, P, Fe, Zn, Cu and Mn while Cr and Co were trace. These results indicate that exudates can be potential sources of feedstock for the pharmaceutical industry.

Keywords: Exudates, Dacryodes edulis, Raphia hookeri, Bioactive compounds, Vitamins, Pharmaceutical agents.

Afr. Jnl of Trad Comp Alt medicine Vol. 5 (2) 2008: pp. 194-200

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